Man accused of disrupting Chicago-Portland flight



PORTLAND — For the second time this month, an airliner has landed in Portland with a passenger reported as disruptive.

The Oregonian reports that 29-year-old Jared McKay appeared Tuesday in federal court, accused of interfering the night before with a United Airlines flight crew.

An FBI affidavit said McKay wanted four drinks after takeoff from Chicago, got “increasingly aggressive” over Colorado, demanded more drinks, yelled profanities, took over an attendant’s seat, and emerged from the bathroom smelling of cigarette smoke.

The pilot considered diverting the flight but was told the passenger had fallen asleep or passed out.

On March 4, a Southwest Airlines pilot on a Seattle-to-Sacramento flight made an emergency stop in Portland. Officers accused a passenger of demanding multiple glasses of wine, shouting, swearing and displaying gang signs.